Well we are into December now and the holidays are in full swing. It’s easy to get caught up in the season and all the stress that goes with it. All the presents you need to buy, what food you are going to have for your Christmas party or dinner, what events you are going to attend and what traditions you want to keep or add this year. It can be very overwhelming. Just don’t forget the reason we are celebrating. Jesus’ birth.
I want to focus more on celebrating Jesus’ birth than stressing over presents and food. In the past my daughter has wanted to bake a cake for Jesus and this year we are going to do that. I will also be reading the story of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:1-19) to our kids and talking about what a miracle it was and how amazing God is. I will also be looking for more ways to celebrate Jesus’ birth with my family.
In our society there are many mixed messages about Christmas. Be sure your kids know the real reason for the celebration. It’s not about how many presents they receive, it’s about the miracle that God sent for us so long ago. That was the biggest gift He could have ever given us and nothing will ever compare to that.
I like this quote from Rick Warren the author of “The Purpose Driven Life”. “The miracle of Christmas is not on 34th Street; it’s in Bethlehem.”